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stevenjohn21 02-09-2011 12:16 PM

Native Fish PICS
Last year my nephew decided to bring back his "catch of the day". All the fish looked the same when they were younger so i guessed they were Green Sunfish as they are extremely common in ATL, Georgia where i live.
However now they have grown they all have different markings/color so i need some help identifying them please.

Green Sunfish ? (about 4")

Warmouth ? (about 3")

Warmouth ? (about 3")

Juvenile Green Sunfish ? (about 2")

Garfisher 02-09-2011 03:28 PM

Your fish in the first three pics look to all be Green Sunfish, the 4th is either a Redbreast Sunfish juvenile or a Longear Sunfish juvenile, however it looks more like a Redbreast to me

stevenjohn21 02-09-2011 04:02 PM

Thank you. You cant really tell from the pictures but picture number 2&3 are a lot darker and have a more noticeable black vertical strips going down there body. Are they different types of Green Sunfish (scientific names) or do they just vary in color ?

Garfisher 02-09-2011 09:42 PM

it might be a hybrid between warmouth and green sunfish, green sunfish do easily hybridize and it would kinda explain the extremely dark body

stevenjohn21 02-09-2011 10:02 PM

Thank you for your comments. I am wanting to breed these if possible but obviously need a male and a female. How can i tell what sex they are ?

Garfisher 02-10-2011 04:09 PM

sexing them im not too sure of, i think you would need to examine their vents or something like that to get a definitive answer

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